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"A Quiet Place"

by Sarah Morris - Copy Editor
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 12:00 pm

My initial plan was to start my review of “A Quiet Place” with a reference to a scene from “The Office” when they play the silent game and Jim holds up a sign that says, “Nobody has said anything in … 14 min!” But with such different levels of drama and genre, it’s hard to make any correlation between the two. John Krasinski’s character in “The Office” is a laid back, chill and an overall goofy guy, whereas his unnamed character in “A Quiet Place,” which he directed, is a dark, tortured soul who lost his toddler-son to one of the monsters that took over the world.   

“A Quiet Place,” while not technically a silent film, was, well, silent. Unless you truly strained to hear the whispers of the Abbott family, the movie was wordless, aside from one scene, where the father and his son go to the waterfall and are able to talk since the loud rushing water drowns them out. I think everyone would agree this was the best scene in the movie, as this was the time everyone opened their snacks and were finally able to eat at a normal volume, even if only for a short while.

Krasinski clearly took a lot of Steven Spielberg’s tactics and did so in a smart way. Much like “Jaws,” Krasinski kept the main monster from the screen the majority of the film. The first scene of the film especially reflected the restrained approach taken from the opening scene in “Jaws.” The entire film is a big ball of tension, what with the lack of speaking and constant looming threat of the barely-seen monsters. 

This movie was definitely a psychological horror and despite the silence, I found myself covering my ears throughout scenes in the movie. Though “A Quiet Place” was very predictable, it was still enjoyable to see how the film played out.

The audience only made sound four times in the movie: the opening scene —when it was clear the direction the movie was taking, the nail scene — when people yelled “watch out” to the mother, and then “holy sh*t” when she didn’t listen, sobs and/or sniffling — when Krasinski screams for, like, 10 seconds straight and a load of “f*ck yeahs” in the last second of the film — when the girls team up to take down the monsters.